MI Morning Update 10-2-08

33 Days until Election Day

October 2, 2008



"I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rests more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress … to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

-President Bill Clinton


DEBATE WATCHING PARTIES STATEWIDE…check you local Victory Centers or county party headquarters, as Vice Presidential Debate watching parties have been organized across the state.  Join us at a Victory Center near you…spend a few hours ahead of time making some calls.  Everyone is welcome…everyone is needed…and everyone is definitely appreciated!

More on the debate below under the "Rest of the Story".

READY FOR THE DEBATES…NEWT FIRES BACK ON PALIN…like only Newt can say it, Newt Gingrich succinctly described why Governor Sarah Palin is MORE qualified than Senator Barack Obama to run for President, let alone Vice President of the United States! Awesome!

HUCKABEE FOR HOOGENDYK…former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee will be in Michigan Wednesday, October 22 at noon from 1:30pm at Vladimir’s at 28125 Grand River Ave., in Farmington Hills.  This is a fundraiser for Jack’s U.S. Senate campaign, lunch is $100 per person or $500 for a photo op.  For more information and/or to RSVP please contact [email protected] or call Liz at 248-363-1677

LEVIN STILL DUCKING DEBATES…. Jack Hoogendyk is still waiting for Carl Levin to answer WGVU and other outlet’s requests for a televised debate…Jack’s organized a communications plan to force Levin’s hand. Levin agreed to debate him at the Detroit Economics Club, but no televised options…what’s he afraid of?  Read more here.

CLIFF TAYLOR FOR SUPREME COURT…Chief Justice Taylor’s campaign continues to gain support statewide.  For the latest information on his campaign and to get more information go to: www.CliffTaylor.com

CARD CHECK…Protect the workers’ right to a secret ballot. The vast majority (around 81%) of Americans believe that American workers have a right to have a secret ballot election before they are forced to join a union. Last year the House Democrats passed a bill that would strip American workers of the secret ballot. A new bill should be introduced reaffirming that right, and it should be brought up again and again until marginal Democrats are forced to vote with the American people against the union power structure.  This, coming from a Teamster.  Click here for more information.

GOP TOOLBAR…download it, use it, it’s free…and every time you use the Yahoo search on a sponsored site, the Michigan Republicans pick up a contribution.  It’s easy and costs you nothing.  Please check it out.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…we are opening up new Victory Centers daily and need more and more volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, and put up lawn signs.  The response has been overwhelming, but Michigan will be the key battleground state and we need EVERY person willing to help in anyway they can.  Thanks again for all you do!  For more info click here.





Check…out…our…online Articles of Interest………News…you…can…use………





  This debate will answer an important question: what is more relevant to the vice presidency: plain’s spoken, real-life results or smooth-talking insider rhetoric?

  • Sarah Palin looks forward to contrasting her record of reform with Joe Biden’s empty rhetoric. Sarah Palin’s clear convictions will stand in stark contrast to the bluster and spin required to explain Barack Obama’s record of tax increases, more government spending, and his opposition to the surge strategy in Iraq that has put us on the brink of victory.
  • We expect Sarah Palin will lay out her vision to shake up Washington with John McCain in January. To change Washington, it’s going to take a team of Mavericks who have a record of accomplishment in shaking up the status quo.
  • Joe Biden is one of the best and most experienced debaters in the Democrat Party. Having been a member of the world’s top debating society for the last 36 years, Joe Biden is obviously a very gifted speaker.
  • After the Democrat primaries, Joe Biden is clearly well prepared for the debate. In the last year-and-a-half, Joe Biden has participated in 14 debates. Sarah Palin’s last debate, in the Alaska gubernatorial campaign, was held in November 2006.
  • Since joining the Republican ticket, Sarah Palin has energized millions of voters in battleground states across the country. Sarah Palin has excited both moderate and conservative voters, drawing record crowds, and tripling volunteer phone calls and door-to-door visits.


  • Governor Palin looks forward to sharing her executive experience of an energy producing state with the American people. Alaska’s incredible amount of natural resources will play a key role in the McCain-Palin’s "all of the above" plan toward energy independence.





The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.




Property tax plan change raises alarm

Cash-strapped counties, schools may lose millions under proposal that bans hike when home values fall.
Catherine Jun / The Detroit News

A proposed state constitutional amendment that would keep property taxes from rising when home values fall is getting cheers from homeowners and jeers from schools and local governments, which worry about the loss of tax dollars.

Oakland County officials worry that if adopted a state House resolution would cost the county $8 million. It would eliminate the unpopular phenomenon seen on assessment notices across Michigan in recent years: modest property tax hikes despite falling assessments. The measure is designed to provide some relief to homeowners struggling in this wobbling economy.

"We’re seeing so many families facing foreclosure or rising property taxes while their home values fall and that simply isn’t right," said Greg Bird, spokesman for House Speaker Andy Dillon.

GOP wants to revamp Mich. business tax

Senate lawmakers say they get complaints that levy is excessive, hard to understand.

Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING — Senate Republicans intend to launch an offensive today on Michigan’s 9-month-old business tax in reaction to some taxpayers who say the new levy is exorbitant, complicated and driving them out of the state — or out of business.

The Senate is expected to pass as soon as today a bill to accelerate the phase-out of a 22-percent surcharge to three years, rather than 10. The surcharge, which treasury officials say will take in $722 million this year, was enacted as an add-on to the new Michigan Business Tax last year, to help wipe out the state budget deficit.

Republican leaders also want to cap the state’s new film tax credit and make the overall business tax more fair and balanced by removing from the calculation of gross receipts sales tax collections and fees assessed by other states. To include these items in the tax base amounts to double taxation, critics charge.

Walberg, Schauer clash at business breakfast

10/1/2008, 5:50 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Republican Rep. Tim Walberg and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer clashed Wednesday over taxes, health care and other issues at a business-sponsored breakfast forum that essentially turned into their first debate.

Schauer, who is trying to unseat the first-term lawmaker in Michigan’s south-central congressional district, said Walberg is "part of the problem" in Washington – which he blamed for creating an environment causing the country’s current "economic mess."

Walberg said Schauer, Democratic leader of the state Senate, voted to pass the "highest tax increase in the history of Michigan" in 2007. Income and business taxes were raised to balance a budget deficit.

AP poll: Obama takes a 7-point lead over McCain

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama has surged to a seven-point lead over John McCain one month before the presidential election, lifted by voters who think the Democrat is better suited to lead the nation through its sudden financial crisis, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that underscores the mounting concerns of some McCain backers.

Likely voters now back Obama 48-41 percent over McCain, a dramatic shift from an AP-GfK survey that gave the Republican a slight edge nearly three weeks ago, before Wall Street collapsed and sent ripples across worldwide markets. On top of that, unrelated surveys show Obama beating McCain in several battlegrounds, including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa – four states critical in the state-by-state fight for the presidency.

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Financial Rescue Package

The Senate went ahead and passed the revised Wall Street rescue package with a considerable show of bipartisan support the chamber’s leaders trumpeted in a bid to shame the House into similar action.

Forty Democrats and 34 Republicans voted aye, while the nays included 10 Democrats and 15 Republicans, as Roll Call reports. (Only Sen. Ted Kennedy, being treated for brain cancer, missed the vote.) "This is not a Democratic bill. It’s not a Republican bill. It’s our bill," Majority Leader Harry Reid said, in a sentiment echoed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s description of the Senate acting "at its finest."

Making the Bailout Less Toxic

By Joe Conason

The initial failure to pass bailout legislation reflected a political system as bereft of confidence as the financial markets. President George W. Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson had no credibility to match the arrogance of their initial demand for absolute power in distributing $700 billion of public assistance (the old synonym for welfare). Many Republicans in Congress lacked the intellectual fortitude to cope with the spectacular collapse of their ideology.

So the rescue of capitalism once more becomes the sole responsibility of the Democrats.


America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role


The banking crisis is upending American dominance of the financial markets and world politics. The industrialized countries are sliding into recession, the era of turbo-capitalism is coming to an end and US military might is ebbing. Still, this is no time to gloat.

There are days when all it takes is a single speech to illustrate the decline of a world power. A face can speak volumes, as can the speaker’s tone of voice, the speech itself or the audience’s reaction. Kings and queens have clung to the past before and humiliated themselves in public, but this time it was merely a United States president.

Could the VP debate affect the race?

By ANDREW GLASS | 10/2/08 4:58 AM EDT 

Could history repeat itself?

In a nationally televised vice presidential debate, a man who is a veteran high-office holder well-versed in world affairs is matched up against a less experienced female politician. He tries to give her a humbling geography lesson. But she pushes back, responding frostily, "I almost resent … your patronizing attitude that you have to teach me about foreign policy."

It happened 24 years ago in an exchange that pitted George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan’s vice president, against Geraldine Ferraro, a three-term Democratic congresswoman from New York. The Democratic nominee, Walter Mondale, had chosen Ferraro as the first major female candidate for the nation’s second-highest office.

Vice presidential debate: A barrel of gaffes?

ST. LOUIS – Between Sarah Palin, with her repeated missteps in a series of interviews with CBS anchor Katie Couric over the last week, and gaffe-prone Joe Biden, who also has made for some Maalox moments for Barack Obama’s campaign recently, the two running mates have set the stage for what may be the most anticipated vice presidential debate in history.

With all their potential for pitfalls and insta-classic moments, the pair has made the build up to the showdown, to take place here Thursday night at Washington University, feel more like a NASCAR race than a serious political forum: the audience may be tuning in as much in anticipation of cringe-inducing pile-ups as they are to watch the typical parry-and-thrust of debate.

Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds

$99,000 for rent, utilities, accounting fees

Jennifer Haberkorn (Contact)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband’s real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.

Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker’s "PAC to the Future" over the PAC’s nine-year history.